noun[mass noun] informal
Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness: the president would hire almost any young man who had the gumption to ask for a job
More example sentences
- They played with the spirit and gumption that made them world champions, resisting all temptation to throw in the towel or play for outright draws.
- If Croydon Council hasn't got an accountant in its ranks or a commercially-minded businessman with a sense of gumption, I can provide one.
- And then, if you have the imagination and gumption, you can stop just being at the receiving end of news.
initiative, resourcefulness, enterprise, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inventiveness; cleverness, astuteness, shrewdness, acumen, discernment, understanding, reason, wisdom, sagacity, sense, common sense, wit, mother wit, native wit, native ability, practicality; spirit, forcefulness, backbone, pluck, mettle, nerve, courage
North American informal smarts
early 18th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.